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Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis and Safety Ed Reed will not be fined for their post-game remarks criticizing the officials in the team’s 27-21 loss to the Patriots. Read more here.

Quite a surprise, actually. Lewis in particular just went off on the officials in the game. But in reality, both players were criticizing the league’s recent moves to protect quarterbacks. As Lewis sees it, the new rules and interpretations make it impossible for a player to hit a quarterback without getting flagged.

No word yet on whether John Harbaugh will be fined for his in-game tantrum, which drew a personal foul, and his post-game remarks which were similar to Lewis and Reed. I would expect Harbaugh to see a lighter paycheck this week.



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The league knows they blew it.

 

I think Brady's behavior...the smiling helped...he played the refs.

 

The play where Gaither went down...the blow that did it...was a NE player who lead with his helmit, spearing Flacco in the sternum. Hard enough to hospitalize Gaither....who was behind Flacco. The flack jacket saved Joe or he's sitting like McNabb.

 

Good for Ray to step up as team leader and defends his teammates.

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I would have to disagree with the spearing causing Gaither's injury... not even sure there was spearing. If there was, good thing it didn't hurt Joe.

 

But Gaither was hurt by bad circumstance... it happens in football (pro, college, high school) many teams each year. As one player is going down, another is unlucky enough to fall into them (knee, chest, back, head) head-first and the head/neck take the brunt of it. Lucky Gaither is possibly ready to play, though.

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Someone had ESPN on at work today and I saw OTL doing a bit about how QBs like Brady are treated. I'm surprised and happy about the amount of press this is getting...it might pressure the NFL to do something about their officiating. Ray and Ed not getting fined really is a huge deal as well...the league is generally really hardassed about anyone involved bitching about the officiating.

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Here's some new information on this...

 

When the smoke finally cleared on the Ravens' brouhaha with officiating issues in Sunday's loss to the Patriots, the Ravens were vindicated. Sort of.

 

Ray Anderson of the NFL office deemed there would be no fines after several Ravens had been quoted criticizing Ron Winter's crew for suspect personal fouls and apparent poor spots of the ball.

"It was back and forth," Harbaugh said. "They confirmed everything and we're not allowed to talk about any of that stuff. It's between the league and the team. And it's an opportunity for us to understand better, for them to understand better. When it's all said and done, we get better, the officiating gets better; that's all part of the process."

http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/ravens/blog/2009/10/nfl_responds_to_ravens_concerns.html

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It was great seeing Mike (Head of Officials) skate right around the subject, Rich Eisen went after him and stated why does the officials seem to protect their star QB's? Mike claimed it was hogwash..

 

And he also claimed that personal fouls are judgement calls, and hes not going to hault his officials from making them.

 

So we have one more game of this BS with a "star" QB in Manning.

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